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Joe Louis

Joe Louis (Boxing. Born, Lafayette, AL, May 13, 1914; died, Las Vegas, NV, Apr. 12, 1981.) Famed around the world as the “Brown Bomber,” Joseph Louis Barrow was one of the most active of heavyweight champions – making 25 defenses of the title. He turned pro after becoming the A.A.U. light heavyweight titlist in 1934 […]

Tony Zale

Tony Zale (Boxing.  Born, Gary, IN, May 29, 1913; died, Portage, IN, Mar. 20, 1997.)  “The Man of Steel” was one of the most appropriate names in boxing. Anthony Florian Zaleski was born in a town literally founded by the U.S. Steel Company (Gary was named after a president of U.S. Steel) and in a […]

Billy Conn

Billy Conn (Boxing.  Born, East Liberty, PA, Oct. 8, 1917; died, Pittsburgh, PA, May 29, 1993.)  A light heavyweight champion (1939-40) who gave up his title to fight as a heavyweight, William David Conn, Jr., almost won that championship.  Conn was ahead on all cards when he decided to slug it out with Joe Louis and […]

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